Germany BfR publishes risk assessment of cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

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Germany BfR publishes risk assessment of cosmetics
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has dedicated a Q&A section on the risk assessment of hazardous substances in cosmetics.

The dedicated area provides consumers with information on a fairly large range of cosmetic products, from shampoos to creams, toothpastes, lipsticks and sunscreen applications.

The Institute hopes this section of the site will help to debunk any concerns about human health risks on certain products.

"Repeatedly, there are critical public reports and discussions about several ingredients of cosmetic products, such as preservatives and UV filters, and for this reason, consumers often ask whether cosmetics can pose a fundamental health risk​," say BfR reps.

The document delves into commonly asked questions and provides information on ingredients and debunks myths on chemicals and pays particular attention to nanomaterials.

A focus on nano..

BfR recently developed a proposal for amending the EU chemical regulation for nanomaterials alongwith the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) for amending the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) regulation.

The agencies said there is a need for better identification and assessment of potential hazards arising from nanomaterials in the future.

They proposed introducing reduced registration requirements for nanomaterials from 100 kg/a with details of the substance identity and a characterisation of the different nanoforms, and uses.

The proposal plans for the rapid developments in nanotechnology, to ensure the precautionary principle will be guaranteed, and to accomodate future insights into possible detrimental effects on humans and the environment.

In October, the European Commission said it regards REACH as suitable to regulate nanomaterials.

However, the Commission suggested amendments to the annexes and further explanations for manufacturers and importers of nanomaterials.

The recommendation is to be reviewed by December 2014 to establish whether it should be modified in the light of experience accumulated and scientific and technical development.

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